Monday, September 3, 2012

Riding the Red Line


The Japanese rock sensation, Quruli, singing akai densha(The Red Train),the band's ode to the Keikyu train company's Kehein Kyukou train line.

They say this is the fastest train, barring the bullet train (a.k.a. the Shinkansen), between Yokohama and Tokyo. It isn't really though, it just looks that way. Although it's built for speed, boasting a rail width that measures up to the Shinkansen's track gauge, it's actually the narrow corridor on which the little red train runs that gives it the appearance of travelling at ultra-high velocity. 

Keikyu Corporation's Kehein Kyukou railway is a major Tokyo metropolitan area commuter line. Every morning it ferries countless people from in and around Kanagawa prefecture's urban centers of Yokosuka, Yokohama and Kawasaki to labor somewhere in the concrete jungle of Tokyo. Then in the evening it dutifully brings them back from wherever they came. 

While the borders of Japan's capitol lie but a few minutes away from the Craneview Keikyu Station, it's always with some fear and trepidation that I cross the Tamagawa River into Tokyo and leave behind the more familiar ground of Kawasaki and Yokohama. Then later, like many travelers from these parts, I breathe a small sigh of relief upon crossing back and returning "home."


You know you're on the Keikyu when you hear the signature sound it makes as it pulls out of the station. No other train in the world makes music that can match it. You can hear it in the music video above and here on Youtube.

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  1. Have you seen Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Cafe Lumiere"? One of the main characters spends his free time recording the sounds of trains..The film is an homage to Yasujiro Ozu...

  2. I watched the trailer. It looks kind of interesting! Thanks.